Welcome to our blog for IUPAT Ontario. We’re excited to share up-to-date information regarding various opportunities, events, and news that are currently taking place in the skilled trades industry. We welcome your feedback and topics that are of interest to you.
The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) has gone through some exciting changes that are positively affecting painters union members and their families. Namely, the addition of our comprehensive – and growing! – Wellness Centre has changed the way our members feel about being able to conveniently and affordably care for themselves and their loved ones. The goal? To keep every IUPAT member healthy in 2016 and beyond.
Commercial painters throughout Toronto and Ontario work during all the seasons of the year. While each season definitely carries its own precautions, none has the potential to be as notoriously brutal as winter. Truly, wintertime in Toronto can make working – especially outside or in areas exposed to some of the elements – a challenge for commercial painting crews. That’s why it’s essential to stay safe by taking wise, pragmatic measures.
To better serve our members, the IUPAT DC 46 unveiled its Union Health and Dental Centre on Toro Road, Toronto, this past year. The goal of the Centre has always been to provide a one-stop healthcare resource location for members of IUPAT involved in trades ranging from painting to drywall finishing, as well as their families. Now, a new service has been unveiled: a state-of-the-art optical center.
The IUPAT DC 46 union negotiations that will affect union members including Toronto and Ontario painters, glaziers, drywall finishers and other members, will take place in early 2016. Thanks to previous negotiations of this kind, IUPAT members were able to secure and improve their wages and benefits through collective bargaining and agreements, as well as improved working conditions. Consequently, the 2016 union negotiations are being highly anticipated by everyone who is a member of the IUPAT.
Have you been thinking about becoming a union worker in the Toronto and Ontario area? You’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of openings on a regular basis! In fact, the variety of union jobs is never ending. This makes it the right career choice for many men and women, including those who are considering changing professions.
Toronto painters have very demanding jobs. This makes it important for every painter to take care of himself or herself.
The results of the 2015 Canadian Federal Election are in, and the votes represented a winning Liberal majority. For those holding union jobs in Toronto and all of Ontario, this is some of the best news we could receive, as it promises advantages to workers who want to be able to support themselves and their families in a progressive environment.
When a drywall worker joins a Toronto union, there are immediate benefits for him or her, such as access to training and support. However, there are advantages to joining a drywall union that extends to family members as well. These are often benefits that aren’t immediately considered, but definitely have far-reaching effects.
As you look around Toronto, you’ll probably notice that there are signs of modernization across the cityscape. Even older buildings are being revitalized thanks to the help of many workers, including commercial painters. In fact, commercial painters’ work is often the most noticeable upgrade that you can see.
On October 19, 2015, Canada will hold elections. This is a critical junction for our country, as well as for all those workers who hold union jobs in Toronto and other cities. The trajectory of our communities’ futures truly depends on who wins and who loses. This is why the IUPAT is supporting a national movement called the “I’m Getting Involved Campaign”.